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Cornell Du Preez and Neil Cochrane agree new Edinburgh contracts

Edinburgh have received a boost ahead of Saturday's Guinness Pro12 clash with Cardiff after Cornell Du Preez and Neil Cochrane both agreed new contracts.

Hooker Cochrane and number eight Du Preez have agreed new two-and-a-half-year deals.

It is just the pick-me-up Murrayfield head coach Alan Solomons is looking for after last week's defeat to Grenoble ended his hopes of leading his team into the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Third-placed Edinburgh now travel to Wales to face the Blues this weekend and Solomons - who has made 11 changes to his team - said: "With Six Nations commitments and a heavy injury toll, Saturday presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the chosen team.

"We will have to be at our best to come away with a result."

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